Eljero Elia- “I Dream Southampton Will Sign Me”

Southampton’s Dutch contingent have been very hit and miss over the years, on one side of the fence you have got Ulrich Van Gobbel, Danny Hoekman, Mark Votte and Jan Poortvliet but jump over that fence and you are in the glorious company of Ken Monkou, Jos Hoovield, Ronald Koeman and whisper it quietly but could you consider Eljero Elia in that category already? It’s surely too early for him to sit on the same table as Kenneth, probably even for Koeman, but has Elia put a foot wrong?

Our Dutch Ultra's

Our Dutch Ultra’s

I’ve said it before but football fans are very fickle, they are easily pleased and it isn’t hard for them to like you. All you have to do is…well not do anything wrong! That said though, they do have their favourites and if I was looking in from the outside, I’d say Elia is making all the right noises. I sat down with one of Southampton’s latest additions, to talk about life as a loan player, Ronald Koeman and mayonnaise…

OWTS: Hello Eljero, How has your first month as a Southampton player been?

EE:  Hi Guys, everyone at the club has made it really easy for me to settle, they have helped me with everything and now my family have moved over, in terms of life off the pitch it’s all perfect and it’s not bad on it either. (He says with huge smile on his face) 

OWTS: So at the moment you’re a loan player, do you rent a house in the city or do you live in a hotel?

EE: Yes, I’m renting a house with my family for sixth months, and after that I my dream Southampton will sign me permanently.

OWTS: That’s what we like to hear Eljero, Saints have been linked with lots of young Dutch players recently, Tonny Vilhena, Jordy Clasie as well as your friend Memphis Depay, would you like to see Southampton’s Dutch contingent boosted?

EE: Yes for me but for Southampton as well, because they are all great players and big talents.

Have a word with him Eljero

Have a word with him Eljero

 

OWTS: What do you rate the chances of the moves, Depay in particular?

EE: Memphis is a hugely talented young player and I think it isn’t long before he goes to a very big club, it wouldn’t hurt our chances of signing him if we get into the Champions League, but in Football anything is possible.

OWTS: Is The Champions League dream something the players talk about?

EE:  Not really, its crucial to have the right mindset. We look from one game to another and give each one 100%.

OWTS: As a City what are your impressions of Southampton?

EE: To be honest, I don’t really have time to go into the city, but the club is huge and an all round great organisation.

OWTS: Have you as players been set a target as of what Koeman wants you to achieve this season?

EE: Not really, personally though I want to be as important for the team and the club and hope to have lots of success.

OWTS: What persuaded you to join Southampton? Was it Koeman? The players we bought from The Eredivisie?

EE: Koeman called me and he asked me if i wanted to join Southampton and of course I said yes because of him and from what I saw on television, Southampton play good football.

OWTS: Do you remember the first time you met Ronald Koeman?

EE: I’ve known Ronald for a very long time, so long I can’t remember when it was I met him, but he has played a big role in my life. We always speak, both about my football and my private life.

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One Man And His Idol

OWTS: When you were growing up in Holland he must have been a great idol of yours?

EE: He was everyone’s idol! I remember his goals and what he did for the national team of Holland and the country. He was one of the best central defenders in the world at the time.

OWTS: How are Southampton being viewed back at home in Holland, are they liked because of Koeman?

EE: In Holland they follow everything that comes out of Southampton, the Dutch people see it as a big club.

OWTS: Has that always been the case, or more since Koeman arrived?

EE: Its always been the case, Everyone dreams of playing in England, so to watch it is the second best thing.

OWTS: And finally, are chips really chips without mayonnaise?

EE: Of course not, you can’t eat chips without mayonnaise, it’s like Tom without Jerry. It just doesn’t work.

Swansea VS Southampton

Saints SWANSEA

This weekend The Saints make only there second trip too The Liberty, with the chance to go level on points with The Swans.

So, another busy week on the South Coast, but unusually the TV crews didn’t have SO14 tapped in on the Sat-Nav, but our bitter rivals Pompey little over 20 miles away. Yes Saints fans, the skates have dropped yet another division taking them to the rock bottom of The Football League. Oldham beat Yeovil by one goal to nil, condemning both Pompey and Hartlepool to relegation.

As Barnet beckon for Pompey it’s Barca who beckon for Saints, having not lost since late February, The Reds are on fantastic form and make the trip to South Wales full of confidence. However it won’t be easy, as Swansea will be fired up looking to send a message out to their rivals who coincidentally have been making some noise of there own.

Saints make there first trip to The Liberty since 2008, where they were easily beaten 3-0.The two managers Pochettino and Laudrup last met in Spain, however when they were in charge of Espanyol and Real Mallorca respectively. That match which came a month before Laudrup resigned  finished 1-0 to Mallorca, with current Swans player Jonathan De Guzman scoring a 62nd minute winner.

Another potential reunions our leading scorer Ricky Lambert and Swansea Captain Ashley Williams, Who Played together at stockport almost a decade ago.

Fast forward to the present day, and both teams have drawn plaudits for their attractive styles of football which are set to grace the Premier League again next season. Saints currently have 38 points from 33 games played, and sit in twelfth place after last Saturday’s hard-fought 1-1 draw with West Ham at St Mary’s. Swansea sit 3 places and 3 points better off in 9th, but with a game in hand.

Team News

Luke Shaw, Jay Rod and Jason Puncheon could all return after missing out with illness, but Kelvin Davis and Guly are doubts due to that nifty sick bug and illness respectively.

Stats

  • Swansea and Southampton have met only three times in the last 30 years. Before they drew 1-1 earlier in the season, the last time they met was in the 2008-09 season in the Championship where Swansea took four points off the Saints, winning 3-0 at home and drawing 2-2 away.
  • Southampton have not won at Swansea since a 1-0 victory in 1962 in the old Division Two.
  • This is the 60th meeting between the sides. Southampton have won 27 times, Swansea 18 and there have been 14 draws.
  • Swansea have picked up only four points from five Premier League games since winning the Capital One Cup.
  • Swansea have won just four of their last 17 league matches.
  • Swansea City are yet to win in the Premier League this season when they have fallen behind (D7, L11).
  • Leon Britton could make his 400th league appearance.
  • The Saints are undefeated in their last five league matches.
  • They have scored the opening goal 18 times this season – only Manchester United (19), Chelsea (20) and Tottenham Hotspur (20) have done so more often.
  • Southampton have thrown away more points (29) from winning positions this season than any other team in the top flight.
  • Rickie Lambert is the top-scoring Englishman in the division this season with 14 goals.